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Coconut oil face Masks

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Coconut oil face masks with three ingredients or less

Coconut oil is a natural antibacterial, antifungal and moisturiser so it makes the perfect product to help your night-time routine. It can help cleanse your face, hydrate, remove eye makeup, sooth and moisturise lips. These face masks include natural products and coconut oil that will leave you feeling radiant and glowing. It is best to test a patch on your skin before trying any new.

Honey and coconut oil face mask

Honey is packed with moisturising agents, antimicrobial and antioxidants that are great for improving all types of skin. Lemon juice helps tighten and shrink pores and balance skin tone. The coconut oil helps brighten and smooth skin leaving it feeling fresh and smooth.

You will need:

  •    1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  •    1 teaspoon of raw honey
  •    A few drops of fresh lemon juice
  1.    Place 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a mixing bowl.
  2.    Add 1 teaspoon of honey and mix well.
  3.    Add a few drops of fresh lemon juice and mix. The mixture should be thick and sticky.
  4.    Apply to your face. Mixture becomes thinner after applying it so be prepared for it to move around and drip off your face.
  5.    Rinse with lukewarm water.
  6.    Pat dry with a clean, soft towel.

Avocado and coconut oil face mask

This face mask will have you looking and feeling younger. The avocado works to slow the process of ageing by neutralizing oils and the coconut oil works to nourish and hydrate your skin.     

You will need:

  •    4 tablespoons of coconut oil
  •    1 avocado
  •    2 teaspoons of nutmeg
  1.    Cut avocado in half, remove seed and skin.
  2.    With a fork, mash avocado into a paste.
  3.    Add 4 tablespoons of coconut oil.
  4.    Add in 2 teaspoons of nutmeg and stir until well combined.
  5.    Apply evenly to face and leave on for 15 minutes.
  6.    To remove, rinse your face with lukewarm water.
  7.    Pat skin dry with a clean, soft towel.

Oatmeal and coconut face mask

Coconut oil can help fight acne with its antibacterial and antifungal properties making it a perfect choice for acne-prone skin types. Oatmeal is also known for its powerful anti-acne ingredient and soothing properties. This face mask will soothe inflammation and restore your skin.

You will need:

  •    3 tablespoons oatmeal
  •    1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  •    ¼ cup warm water
  1.    Add 3 tablespoons of oatmeal into a mixing bowl.
  2.    Add ¼ cup warm water to the mixing bowl and mix until it becomes a paste.
  3.    Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and mix until well combined.
  4.    Apply to your face and leave for 15 minutes.
  5.    After 15 minutes massage gently into skin over entire face in small circular motions for another 5 minutes to help cleanse clogged pores.
  6.    Rinse off with lukewarm water.
  7.    Pat skin dry with a clean, soft towel.

Coconut oil and yoghurt face mask

Yoghurt offers plenty of moisture for your skin along with lactic acid that helps dry oily skin by dissolving dead skin cells, stripping excess oil and tightening pores. Yoghurt naturally reduces fine lines and wrinkles by tightening skin and pores. The coconut oil uses its antifungal and antibacterial properties to make your skin balanced and shine-free.

You will need:

  •    2 teaspoons coconut oil
  •    1 tablespoon of plain yoghurt.
  1.    Melt 2 teaspoons of coconut oil if not already in liquid form. 5 seconds in the microwave will do.
  2.    Add 2 teaspoons of melted coconut oil into a mixing bowl.
  3.    Add 1 tablespoon of plain yoghurt.
  4.    Mix until well combined.
  5.    Apply the mixture to your face. Ensure the mask is thick. The mask doesn’t keep so you don’t have to worry about using it all.
  6.    Leave on for 15 minutes.
  7.    Rinse your face with lukewarm water.
  8.    Pat skin dry with a clean, soft towel.

Apology 11

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National Apology Day 2019

On 13th February 2008, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd addressed parliament and the nation with a national apology that formally acknowledged all the wrongdoing and the decades of abuse and suffering caused by racial policies that saw children taken from parents, indigenous people isolated on reservations and generations lost. The apology stopped the nation with both indigenous and white people gathered in public places crying and hugging each other as the speech opened some wounds and cauterised others, the Australian people listening and watching the momentous event live from wherever they could. The speech detailed atrocities against Indigenous Australians that occurred from the time of white settlement until a generation or two ago. It was a moment in Australian history that should be remembered. A moment that should be talked about and discussed.

On the 11th anniversary of the Apology, The Beacon went to the Brolga Theatre, Maryborough to hear Butchulla (Badtjala) Indigenous Elder Aunty Karen tell her story. She began by saying that the day was important as it was a time for all to reflect on the past mis-treatments and take the first step in creating mutual respect. She said that the former government policies had affected her immediate family members self-esteem, experiences in society, and cultural identity.

The national Apology was a forward step in reconciling our nation, but it should not be accepted that this is by any means the end of the journey. Although the government and Australian people have slowly begun to acknowledge and react to the injustices made to indigenous Australians, there is still a long way to go before full reconciliation can occur. The atrocities of the past cannot so easily be forgotten, nor should they. The government has work still to do. The Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Report in 1991 and Bringing Them Home Report 1997, are some measures taken but there is still much that needs to be done.

Conversations and the telling of stories is an important part of both understanding and healing as Aunty Karen so eloquently states, “I have been asked why we keep talking about something that happened 200 years ago. I’m not connected with the Jewish community but I will always respect and recognise the trauma they had to experience during the war. It is important to bear witness. When we can tell our stories and not be met with that question, when we are met with someone that says; “Yes I understand that hurt,” then maybe our stories will be heard less and our healing will be acknowledged and accepted.” It is important to note that much of the injustice recognised in the apology happened as recently as the 1960’s. As part of her speech Aunty Karen read from a document called a Certificate of Exemption which was given to Indigenous people to allow them to leave a reservation or mission and live in towns. It stipulated that in order to walk freely through town without being arrested, Indigenous people were prohibited from speaking in their native language, associating with fellow indigenous people, including their own family members, dancing and other native customs. They could enter into a shop, but shop owners could choose whether or not they would be served.

“This” Aunty Karen states as she points to a copy of an Exemption Certificate, “Is dated 1951, so I love it when people say this was happening 200 years ago,” she said. “Our family members, our aunts, our uncles, and our grandparents were affected by this in different ways.” Looking around the room, many of the audience members nodded in acknowledgment. Aunty Karen said each Indigenous person had stories to share about personal, family and community experiences, and called on them to share their stories.  “Do not dwell on them but do it to recognise the pain that was sometimes and is still experienced,” she said. “Share with those that can listen and acknowledge – yes I feel that pain. Together we can support each other to heal and move forward.”

“It’s amazing that people didn’t know what was happening to our aboriginal communities.” In the 1970’s Australian white children learnt of apartheid in South Africa, with no knowledge of the segregation and abuse being given to our Indigenous Australians only a few years earlier. Exemption Certificates only stopped in 1969. It is not that white Australians are all racist, but many are still ignorant. It is here where remembering and acknowledging the anniversary of the Apology is important for all Australians as through the sharing of stories and histories, understanding grows and ultimate healing is achieved.

We cannot change the past but we can and must learn from it. To remain ignorant without acknowledging our mistakes, leaves room for these atrocities to reoccur. There is strength in talking about that pain. There is strength in listening and acknowledging that pain. There is strength in apologising and strength in forgiveness.  As Aunty Karen said in her speech, “I share these stories on behalf of my community. My life and my community have given me the opportunity to see, hear and show pride in the resilience of our people. I hope in time we will hear from others that have strong important stories to tell.” So let us all, listen and listen well, for every story worth telling needs ears willing to stop and hear.


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Heartworms are parasites that live inside the arteries of lungs and chambers of the heart of infected animals. Dogs and cats are both susceptible to heartworm no matter the breed, sex or age but infection in dogs is more common. Heartworms can grow up to 30cm long and 2cm thick in servere cases. Microfilariae are the offspring of heartworm and can be found in the blood of an infected pet. The microfilariae are ingested and spread by mosquitos when they bite and feed on the blood of an infected pet. The mosquito becomes a host and the microfilariae mature. The same mosquito then bites another pet and infects the healthy pet with the microfilariae. The larvae migrate through the pet’s circulatory system and tissue which eventually reaches the lungs and heart. The heartworm then matures, grows and reproduces.

Heartworm affects the heart, liver, kidneys and general circulation. The lungs are the main area the heartworm affects. The pets react to the presence of the heartworm and can show many symptoms such as a dry and persistent cough, lack of stamina while exercising, dry coat, weight loss and weakness.

Heartworm is slowly fatal which is why it is important to recognise the symptoms and diagnose as soon as possible. By the time a pet starts showing symptoms half the pet’s lungs are impacted. A blood test can be done to tell if your pet has heartworm disease. This is the best way to ensure a quick diagnosis. There are many products to ensure heartworm prevention. Choosing a prevention method that is convenient for your lifestyle is best for your pet. There are once-a-year needles administered by your vet, monthly heartworm treatments in the form of spot-on treatments and chewable tablets.

Puppies should begin their heartworm prevention by three months. After three months the puppy may have been affected and will need to have a blood test to ensure they don’t have heartworm before treatment, as the treatment can cause side effects if the puppy is already infected.

Tres Salsa

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Jemima fell in love with hospitality when she was just 14 years old and has been working in the industry for 15 years. She always knew hospitality was her passion and dreamed of opening a café in Hervey Bay but quickly realised that it was a market that had already been cracked. She spent the last few years saving away on minimum wage to make her dream into a reality.

It was while she was in London refurbishing and managing a café turned Mexican restaurant tequila bar that she fell in love with the food, people and culture. She decided to save up and travel to Mexico.  Staying in Mexico for two months and loving every second of it. Eating, drinking and researching as much as she could, soaking up all of the Mexican culture.

When she returned to Hervey Bay she realised that a traditional Mexican cantina is just what the region was missing. While there are already a few Mexican restaurants Jemima says they are the same cuisine but slightly different. Jemima wanted to create a restaurant that provided locals with affordable but good quality Mexican meals with great local produce. Tres Salsas opened its doors on the 13th of December and has been doing well ever since, serving happy locals and visitors to the region.

Tres Salsas delivers simple, delicious and healthy Mexican meals for the whole family in a great atmosphere right on the esplanade. The salsas all made from scratch in house and the meats are all marinated on site. Jemima created the menu from her time in Mexico and collaborated with a Mexican friend to ensure it had that traditional twist. Portions of food are generous and simply delicious!

Tres Salsas offers different levels of heat for all customer preferences – they understand that everyone has different levels of spice tolerance. They range from full of flavour but totally safe, to let’s go a little touch of heat, ending with a blow your mind and taste buds sensational heat. What a wonderful solution to adding just the perfect touch to enjoying your meal just the way you like!

Tres salsas is open 7 nights for dinner and Thursday through to Sunday for lunch from 11am. They welcome you to pop in and immerse yourself in the passion.

Address: 13/416 The Esplanade, Torquay Hervey Bay
Phone no: 07 4125 6237

The Message is in the Art

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Painting is a powerful medium for expressing emotions and sending messages.

Hervey Bay artist Leticia has created a multitude of paintings that use colour and various subject matter to capture and express her moods and feelings.

The walls of her home are filled with beautiful richly-coloured artworks featuring whimsical images in golds, yellows and reds – representing the happiness and passion in her life. But there are some that depict sadness, or the journey from a sad state, with serious subject matter. For Leticia, the canvas provides a way of expressing her emotions and her mindset during her creative phase.

Leticia, who is a local high school teacher, believes art should be accessible to everyone and strives to create multimedia artworks that can be turned into prints so everyone can have art in their home. She incorporates art into school work whenever she can, providing hands-on activities to assist her students to learn. She is also working with Fraser Coast Arts Academy to do art workshops in February to share her passion and gift to students who would want to learn about the application of mixed media art and basic art techniques.

On weekends, and whenever she has time, Leticia puts brush to canvas. She paints at the dining table and studios space in her dining room, as she finds it’s the best part of the house because it is the central hub of a home and has great lighting. She blocks out the world, listens to relaxing Tibetan chimes and searches for inspiration within. Some of that inspiration comes from her Latin American background, and the influence of artists like Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Leticia emulates the detailed and vibrant style in many of her works, such as her Venetian mask series. She loves the dramatic costume effect of the subject matter, and gives them rich earthy tones and intricate textural designs.

Leticia’s favourite artist is American artist Mark Rothko.

“I like that through his work you can create your own dialogue, not the artist telling you what you are meant to feel, think and believe; it’s a personal experience with the viewer.

“Your interpretation depends on your own experience, history and state of mind at that time of viewing the work.”

Leticia has always enjoyed art, and studied art at USQ in Toowoomba, majoring in installation art, printmaking and curatorial studies, then graduating as a visual arts practitioner. But as most artists realise, making a living from art is difficult, so she worked in hospitality while she built her folio. Leticia’s work is exploratory, embracing abstraction, expressionism and surrealism, though her clients have commissioned her to create decorative figurative intricate pieces.

Leticia’s painting ‘The mummy’ is a particularly good example of the layers we put on before we go out into the world- the layers we need to wrap ourselves in before we venture out and deal with society every day. The colours are organic and earthy tones. The painting being both bold and brave, while still showing a softness and insecurity within the delicate folds wrapped gently around a hidden face. She said it is up to the viewer to read their own interpretation.

Her works range in size, with the largest a mural in the railway corridor which she did 15 years ago. While most of her work is large or sizeable canvases of 1.5 to 2 meters in dimensions, she also enjoys the small intimacies of small pieces.

She uses multi-mix media in her work and enjoys the freedom this brings. Leticia experiments with a range of materials including laser printing images, photographic imagery, oil and acrylic  paints,  fabric, wax, illustrator pens, pencils and pastels, designer inks, gold leafing and tactile things to provide texture. She hasn’t done sculpture in a while but did create some sculptures for breast cancer awareness.

Leticia is currently working on a large anatomical series including a heart, brain and lungs, in earthy colours. It is reminiscent of the old medical journals of the 19th century.  It is in response to a great loss she suffered when her dog beloved passed away. The series is based around her loss, including her heart which was broken, her mind that had to find a way to cope, and her lungs which represented learning how to breathe again.

Another series is Alice in Wonderland series. Leticia said that the rabbit and the Mad Hatter are represented in the madness and the sporadic way in which it was made. The Mad Hatter represents the environment that the poor little rabbit is in. The theme of Alice in Wonderland had a very significant relationship to Leticia when she found herself in Stockland.

“You’re guided by a divine force to places for a reason,” she said.

“It was like I was drawn to a place for a reason and there were signs. Only to be aware when I bought some tea at a pop-up stand and the lady began talking about this new opportunity for young entrepreneurs. I bought some tea that had an Alice in wonderland image inside.

“I also happened to see a teapot there that reminded me of the Mad Hatter. I had just finished illustrating the rabbit in the Alice in wonderland story and it all seemed to be aligning into some kind of real life narrative”

The visit to Stockland led to Leticia displaying and selling her work at Community Cubed. That’s how the whole journey started – she followed the rabbits.

Leticia has started a series on warrior angels, using earthy raw colours. The theme is in keeping with her belief that there is something divine about art. She said that when an artist was in the zone, and only realised what they’d done when they’d come out of it, was when they were being touched by the hand of God.

Leticia’s work is currently being exhibited at Fraser Coast Art Gallery and Academy at 9/17 Liuzzi Street, Pialba. She is part of a co op with ten other artist called “Eleven” who exhibit, volunteer and conduct workshops at the gallery and academy.

Leticia’s work is a wonder of expression, her South American heritage giving her art colour and vibrancy that allows the viewers to feel and connect. Her work creates an impact and appeal that makes it a must to see and enjoy.

Did you know?

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Gain some more brain power!

Did you know that..
• On average a person spends 6 months of their life waiting for a red light to turn green.
• Southern sea otters have flaps of skin under their forelegs that act as pockets. When diving, they use these pouches to store their favourite rocks and food.
• You cannot snore and dream at the same time.
• The word “gorilla” is derived from a Greek word meaning, “A tribe of hairy women.”
• Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a “Friday the 13th.”
• Pirates wore earrings because they believed it would give them better eyesight
• Humans can hear the difference between hot water and cold water being poured.
• Eight of the ten largest statues in the world are Buddha.
• The skin of a tiger is striped, not just the fur.
• In Slovakia, they keep their Christmas carp in the family bathtub for a few days before Christmas.